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Featured Project: Self-Taught Success

Tony Kindelspire is digital content editor of Sign & Digital Graphics and WRAPS magazines.

This featured project was first brought to the attention of Sign & Digital Graphics readers when it appeared in the October 2016 issue of the magazine. The story behind the wrap is a testament to how the road to being a wrap artist is different for everyone. For some, such as Lehla Kamali of Azusa, California, it happens by accident. Quite literally, with a vehicle accident to her 2001 BMW Z3 2.5i Roadster convertible.

“I had wrecked the car and ended up replacing the whole front end by myself,” Kamali says. “Instead of paint, I chose to wrap it. After a couple failed attempts with calendar, I ended up finding Vvivid Vinyl on eBay along with some random black multi-dimensional patterned vinyl and this is how it came out.”

Kamali taught herself how to install the wrap.

“I started off wrapping my own vehicle several times before discovering the difference between cast and calendar vinyl,” she says.

The work she was able to create on her own vehicle led her to a new career in wraps installation.

“The wraps I have applied to my car have been nothing short of extraordinarily eye-catching and smile provoking, which is why I have chosen to pursue a career as a vinyl wrap installer,” Kamali says. “I have interned with other mobile installers, attended an Avery Dennison Wrap Training Course at Image One Impact, and worked briefly in a full service graphic print shop. Currently I am doing freelance work independently.”